If you are at anything all like me, when writing poems, you take it way too serious more often than not.While we all love to read a good poem, it’s often much more work than you would expect from such a short piece of writing. I can recall times I’ve spent hours agonizing over the perfect word, or gave up on a poem altogether because I couldn’t find the right word.
Let’s mix it up and take a break from the typical poetry styles and try some fun poems.
I’ve been creating poetry for as long as I can remember and have kept notes of the types that are pleasurable to write. They avoid the strict stanza and verse rules and allow you to enjoy the writing process. The following lists my top five favourites.
- Acrostic: Acrostic poetry is a poem in which the beginning letter of every sentence forms a word when they are aligned vertically. It’s most common for the vertical word to be the topic of the poem.
To write an acrostic poem, you must first pick a theme. It could be anything. Your topic may be an animal or object, a person or place. There is no limit. Once you find your word, make a list of details and facts you can think of. After you make your list, take all the details and facts you’ve complied and turn it into a poem.
Tip: Start small, perhaps with an animal or food, and then move onto more complicated topics, such as feelings and emotions. To mix things up, use the vertical word form with the last letter of each line.
- ALPHABET: Alphabet poetry is precisely what it sounds like. It’s a poem that has 26 lines, and each line starts with a letter of the alphabet. It’s most common for these poems to follow the order of the alphabet.
To create alphabet poetry, take a piece of paper or a document on your favourite writing program, pick a topic, and write it at the top of the page. Record all the thoughts that come to mind about the particular subject. It may be facts or things that describe, represent, or symbolize your topic. Then list all the letters of the alphabet in order and fill in the lines to create your alphabet poem.
Tip: Start simple and use a single word on each line and then move on to longer lines. Experiment with the length of the lines to make the poem aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
- Alliteration: Alliteration poems are simple poems that stress the same consonant throughout the whole line or sentence. It is most common for the sound to come at the beginning of the word.
To write an alliteration poem, you must first pick a consonant sound to stress and repeat throughout the creation. Once you have your sound, make a list of every term that begins with that sound. After you have your list, you can play with the words and make it into a poem. This type of writing need not be serious or literal
Tip: Start with a simple sound that is common, such as “s” or “m”, and then try a harder one that is less common in the English language, such as “z” or “q”. You could also use words that possess the sound in the middle or end.
- Exaggeration: An exaggeration poem is another type that is exactly what you would expect to be. Take something normal and make it better or worse than it should be. It’s often used to show irony or stress a distinct feeling in your poem.
To write an exaggeration pick something simple and brainstorm how you could make it better or worse with an exaggeration. Another form of an exaggeration poem is the Hyperbole. A Hyperbole is a form in which the exaggeration must be unrealistic, something so extreme and extravagant that it would be impossible in real life.
Tip: Start with something simple, such as crossing the street, and move on to more complicated tasks or ideas, such as hosting a party or the meaning of life. This poem doesn’t need to make sense. It needs to be fun.
- Shape: You can create a shape poem by writing a poem that forms a shape with the written words. It’s most common for the poem to describe the shape of which it forms.
To write a shape poem first, pick a shape and compile a list of all the ways you can describe or represent it. Then, turn your list into a poem that mimics the shape of the poem you are describing. You may outline or fill in the space. It’s not as easy as you would think. It’s an excellent way to work on your vocabulary and describing abilities.
Tip: Start with your basic shapes, such as a circle or square, and then move on to more complicated designs and objects, such as a star or house. You can also use colour to add emphasis to your poem.
Bonus: I discovered a poem which I call the Add a Line Poem. It’s as straightforward as it sounds. Every time you write a new line, it must have one more word than the previous line. This poem is by far my favourite.
To write a poem of this type first, pick a topic or theme. Your topic should be one word, and it will double as your poem title. Write it down at the top of the page. Keep your topic or theme in mind and write. The next line should have two words, and then the next line should have three words. Continue adding words to each line until the poem is finished.
Tip: Start small, with simple objects and five lines or less, and then move on to more elaborate objects and 15 or more lines. You could also try general themes and emotions such as friendship or love.
Remember, these five types of poetry are my favourites. There are many varieties of poetry waiting for you to discover them. Don’t confine yourself to writing the same class or style. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Take time to try them out. It is amazing how much fun the writing process can be when you try something new. You may even find a new favourite.
Keep in mind how crucial it is not to become weighed down and overwhelmed by stress.
The key is to consider that though particular types of poetry require following rules, one of the best things about poetry is that there are no rules. If your poem doesn’t fit into a traditional class, make a new one. If it sounds right or looks right do it.